John Dos Passos was undoubtedly one of the most eclectic American writers of his generation. Faithful as he was to the intermedial aesthetics of modernism, he did not limit himself to the role of novelist, but frequently also crossed over into the neighboring arts: as an accomplished painter and illustrator, as a playwright and sometime set designer for the New Playwrights Theatre, and through his work on Hollywood cinema and documentary film. The resulting cross-pollination would fuel Dos Passos's creativity over the years, influencing his most celebrated novels.
The West Indian Literature Conference 2015 announces its call for papers for its biannual conference to be held from October 1rst to 3rd at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.
Reflecting on the seismic cultural and political shifts of his own time, Francis Bacon pinpointed 'printing, gunpowder, and the compass' as the technological drivers which had 'changed the appearance and state of the whole world'. Bacon's identification of communicative (print), violent (gunpowder) and technological (compass) forms of cultural expression and exchange as world-shaping continues to resonate, shaping the production and interpretation of texts.
For our 2016 annual forum, the Program in Educational Theatre builds on the work of previous annual events in curriculum, assessment, teaching artistry, playwriting, ethnodrama, Shakespeare, citizenship, and site specific theatre by inviting the global community to propose workshops, papers, posters, narratives, and performances around one of the following topics:
•Drama in Education (i.e., studies in drama/theatre curriculum, special education, integrated arts, assessment and evaluation)
•Applied Theatre (i.e., studies in community-based theatre, theatre of the oppressed, the teaching artist, diversity and inclusion)
Abstract: This special session will explore the intricacies and expectations embodied in portrayals of womanhood in Renaissance and Restoration England. This session desires papers using literature and plays to discuss the realities for and suppositions of women that were common in this era, potentially looking at the broader social implications.
The 7th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference will be held September 11-12, 2015 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The Conference Committee is now accepting presentation proposals for the upcoming conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Louisiana Cultural Crossroads."
In 2013 Alice Munro became the first Canadian author to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Munro's win makes this the ideal time to return to and update the study of her work, in particular to probe the literary and philosophical richness of her work in the light of recent theoretical developments such as the "affective turn," and the "turn to ethics" in cultural studies. Earlier Munro scholarship focused on the role of gender in her fiction (Ailsa Cox, Coral Ann Howells, Beverly Rasporich, Magdalene Redekop), as well as on her cunning narrative style, her deft use of metanarrative, her thematic and stylistic deployment of tricks, jokes, and play (Ajay Heble), along with her transformation of the ordinary and the everyday (James Carscallen, W.R. Martin).
SSSL's meeting in Boston will be the first the organization has held in a location north of the Mason‐Dixon line. Ironically, in many ways this has never mattered less, as Southern literary studies' formative focus on regional difference and distinctiveness has been retrained to take in a broader view of the South's reciprocal material and imaginary relations with the US North, other regions, the nation, and transnational permutations of North/South dynamics.
The conference "Power and the Mediterranean" will be held on 13-15 November 2015 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, featuring keynote speaker Julia Clancy-Smith (University of Arizona).
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Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference (UK)
18th Annual International Creative Writing Conference
Imperial College, London, Great Britain*
Saturday 20 June – Sunday 21 June 2015
Although all peer-reviewed presenter places are now filled, participant places are still available, and you would be most welcome.
Participants can join in the discussions, and in all sessions throughout Saturday and Sunday, and can also be involved in this year's "New Writing International Creative Writing event" on Saturday night.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: July 1st, 2015
CFP: Cinematic Journeys of Identity—2015 Film & History Conference
(Nov. 4-8, 2015, Madison, WI)
Call for papers for a book on Mad magazine. We are looking for scholarly examinations of the magazine, its humor, its artists, its cultural and political impact, and its influence. The book is under consideration by a major university press, and will expand what was covered in a recent special issue of Studies in American Humor. Here is the link to the contents of that issue: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/studamerhumor.issue-30
RSA 2016, Boston
Reading Form in European Renaissance Poetry
Sponsored by the Discipline of Comparative Literature
Papers sought that offer historical interpretations of poetic form. How do Renaissance poets, theorists, and readers interpret and classify formal features of verse (including rhyme, meter, and generic forms like the sonnet or the epigram)? How do poets use form to position themselves in literary history? What is the relationship between poetic practice and the poetic theories presented in manuals and defenses of poetry? Comparative and multi-lingual papers especially encouraged.
This conference will explore ideas, images and experiences of gender in Science Fiction and Fantasy. From military patriarchies to feminist dystopias, from the monstrous feminine to cyborg uncertainties, from Ursula LeGuin's The Left Hand of Darkness to Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, from wars between the sexes to post gender societies, SFF texts have continuously complicated, questioned and reinvented our approach to gender. We invite proposals for papers considering any aspect of gender in SFF/horror texts or related comics, films, tv, games and music. Topics might include:
• gender and sexuality
• gender and everyday life
• gender and utopias/dystopias
• post patriarchal genders
• multiple genders
In 2015, 800 years has elapsed since the adoption of Magna Carta, regarded as the symbolic beginning of parliamentary culture and the cornerstone of British democracy. Its spread in the era of Great Britain's colonial expansion influenced governance of many countries that were hewn from the Empire's fabric, increased the popularity of the myth of Britishness, and enhanced the development of democratic values throughout the world. We believe that the forthcoming anniversary is a great opportunity to reconsider Magna Carta's legacy and its notions of freedom in culture, politics and mass media.